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What you need to know to vote on Election Day in Silicon Valley

Election Day is here, and hundreds of thousands of South Bay residents will flock to the polls to make their voices heard. California’s first year with an early primary election — in March instead of June — puts the country’s most populous state in a consequential position to help decide the Democratic presidential nomination. About...

John Leyba would bring fiscal responsibility to Santa Clara County

Former San Jose planning commissioner and foster kid John Leyba has two issues at the top of his list: health and human services. Running for termed-out Supervisor Dave Cortese’s seat, Leyba said he decided to join the race after watching the homeless population grow, whether in camps spread across downtown San Jose, along the Guadalupe...

Kansen Chu is fighting to make a difference in local politics

While most candidates are trying to climb the political ladder, Kansen Chu is doing the opposite — he is leaving the state Legislature to seek a local office in his hometown. Chu, who immigrated to California from Taiwan in the late 1970s to study electrical engineering at Cal State, Northridge, is running against three other...

Audit findings put Santa Clara council, former convention center manager at odds

When Santa Clara councilmembers asked City Manager Deanna Santana to find an auditor to look into potential mismanagement of the city’s convention center, officials already knew who would get the contract. Public documents show that Sacramento-based TAP International submitted a “project approach” for the audit in 2018, nearly a month before the council ordered the...